Deriv; The Sutton Letter, courtesy authors, and a human skull. Representational image only.

The Giants of Doddridge County: Burials of a Vanished Race – Part I

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 (Author’s Note: This article contains reference to an anonymous source. Although we have a rule of not using anonymous sources in our published work, we have made an exception in this case, since we feel that the possibilities yielded by this investigation could be of some importance.)

In the summer of 1930, a series of newspaper articles appeared describing a most sensational discovery: a race of gigantic beings unearthed from two burial mounds in Doddridge County, West Virginia.

According to the Clarksburg Daily Exponent for June 15, 1930, in an article entitled Two Prehistoric Indian Mounds Found Near Morgansville ( by Bruce Horton), the mounds were located on the farm of Benjamin Zahn in Morgansville, 12 miles (19 kilometers) west of Salem. The article mentions that Professor Ernest Sutton of Salem University carried out excavations.

Burials of a Vanished Race

The article makes remarkable claims regarding the “now vanished race” found buried in the mounds:

“The particular tribe or race which inhabited this section of the state is believed to have been composed of individuals ranging from seven to nine feet in height…”

Of the two mounds, the Exponent article notes that one, being “six feet in height and nearly fifteen feet in diameter” (1.8 meters high and 4.5 meters diameter) contained a type of megalithic chamber “shaped from large, flat rocks”, which was “carefully and tightly packed with clay”. Within the chamber was one sitting burial, considered to be a chief.

The Exponent explains that the second mound was “ten feet high and about sixty feet in diameter” (three meters high and 18 meters diameter), featuring three burials, one of which was “a man of height, strength and power, measuring seven feet, six inches tall” (228.6 cm tall), buried near the center of the mound and “carefully covered by flat stones”. Another skeleton from the same mound is described as being “hermetically sealed in a case of clay”.

Another article, entitled Salem Professor Discovers Huge Skeletons in Mounds appeared in the Charleston Gazette for June 15, 1930. According to the Gazette, the mounds contained “what Prof. Ernest Sutton, head of the history department of Salem College, believes is valuable evidence of a race of giants who inhabited this section of West Virginia more than 1000 years ago.” Again four burials were mentioned from the two mounds, measurements “indicating they were from seven to nine feet tall” (2.1 to 2.7 meters tall). The burial sealed in clay is again mentioned, with a measurement given of “seven and a half feet tall”.

Artist’s representation of North American giant. Credit: Marcia K Moore / Ciamar Studio.

Artist’s representation of North American giant. Credit: Marcia K Moore / Ciamar Studio. Visit

The Smithsonian Acquisitions

In the spring of 2015, the authors undertook an investigation of these discoveries made long ago. To begin with, the press articles all mention that Sutton sent the artifacts from the Zahn Farm mounds to the Smithsonian Institution. In fact, the acquisitions records of the Smithsonian do note the donation of several artifacts from the “Zahn-Maxwell Mound”, including a stemmed point, slate gorget, and a sandstone disk. The disk itself is mentioned in the press articles, noted as featuring several engraved lines on one side. These three artifacts were manually assigned to Ernest Sutton and Oris Stutler in the acquisitions journal at the Smithsonian, with a date of donation of July 9, 1930.

These are without doubt artifacts from the mounds in question and the material can be viewed at the online Smithsonian Collections Search Center.

The Mounds

Sutton himself published a paper detailing the excavations of the mounds in the 10th volume of the West Virginia Archaeologist in 1958. According to Sutton, the two mounds, dubbed Do-1 and Do-2, were located on a steep hill 400 feet (122 meters) above the village of Morgansville.

Do-2 was the Zahn-Maxwell Mound, the actual dimensions of which were 10 feet in height and 75 feet in diameter (three meters high and 22.8 meters diameter). Sutton documents four extended burials, one of which was encased in a type of baked clay, as well as the presence of red and yellow ochre in some burials.

Map from the Sutton Report

Map from the Sutton Report, courtesy authors.

Sutton refers to Do-1 as the Zahn Mound, measured as 12 feet in diameter and three feet high (3.6 meters diameter and one meter high). The report offers extensive details regarding the burial in the stone chamber mentioned in the Newspapers:


Barry Sears's picture

 Hi Tsurugi,

We have a most valuable position in comprehending life as we have traditional, perhaps more spiritual theories about life and we have available contemporary science and theories but also global information available at our fingertips. We therefore are in the position of evaluating all such information and filtering the relevant and important aspect for our individual analysis.

As you have read the website you will notice some rather interesting global trends. Sorry for the downloads, these complete the articles, all are only a couple of pages. You may have picked up from the foundation article that a very enlightening pattern to nature is evident, relative to the formation of the Earth itself. As I have been introduced to the planetary motion concept, as a more natural organic process, I consider the notion the planets move on a natural formation cycle towards the sun. 

The statistics I provided clearly show the number of days each planet has in a year. This offers an alternative or more logical and mathematically correct hypothesis. The theory does not alter the standard contemporary idea, of the rotation period slowing down it concludes that combined with an inward movement towards the sun, the statistics become realistic and correct. To grasp the time speeding up idea, imagine sitting on the Earth if the Earth was further from the Sun. Longer days and longer years would exist and as you move closer the days get shorter and the years shorter, this would be like time is speeding up. When considering this theory of planetary movement it offers a logical evolutionary process that explains why or how sizes of animals have become smaller and have adapted to warmer environmental conditions.

The Website as you may have grasped by the first part of the articles, as you didn't download the articles, has identified the pattern in nature with the traditional anatomical beliefs and these correlate to the same pattern recorded as ancient monuments, each parts of the one design, representing the same concept. For about 25 years I have been viewing variation in animal dynamics and features and discovering why animal features are connected to each region of the World, correlated to the physical recognition of the World structure. This is the emphasis of the New Perspective website but the philosophy gives in-site into many subjects, including planetary evolution and motion.  

Barry Sears's picture

 Hi Tsurugi,

I hope the new posting on the other thread has clarified what the statistics suggest. When considering the coral ring research, one option is to consider that the Earth is slowing down in it's rotation.

If you analise the coral data assuming Earth is at the same distance from the sun, then a year would be the same revolution but at 420 days, each day would be 20 hours and 51 minutes.

This is a difference of 3 hours and 9 minutes. Now digital time suggests the Earth's rotation is slowing at a rate of 2 milliseconds per hundred years. This equates to one second for 500,000 years. If this rate is constant then for 3 hrs and 9 minutes or 11,340 seconds it would take the Earth 56.7 billion years to change this period of time. As these figures don't work alternative factors must be involved. 

The other thread details that the statistics above are for how many days per year if you are living on each planet. Another way of considering why Earth had 420 days is by increasing it's distance from the sun and therefore increasing the time for a year or revolution. This scenario has logical evolutionary variations with regards to the size of fosilised species from the past. At a distance further from the sun although a year would have more days it could have a longer day as with the longer revolution and so this time consideration would sustain the larger species. It would also suggest that global warming is a natural process. Species become smaller as time speeds up and adaptive changes are made due to warmer circumstances. 

Assuming the Earth does not change it's position or distance from the sun and is slowing is a possibility but other logical options are perhaps more likely considering larger time scales and the evolutionary history presented to us.

Tsurugi's picture

Ok, I'm not sure I can make sense of all of that(time speeds up? what??), are you answering my question in there somewhere? If so, I can't find it. I went to your website to try and find an answer and I succeeded (I think). You say planets have a lifecycle that corresponds with their position in a star system, starting way out in the outer reaches, moving inward and becoming gas giants, then disgorging their core to become an inner system solid planet, becoming hotter all the while as they move closer to the sun. So you mean all of the planets, not just earth.

There are fossil corals that appear to indicate a 420-day year, and some that indicate a 410 day year, etc, implying that earth is slowing its rotation speed over time. Classical Newtonian physics attributes this slowdown to friction, basically a transfer of kinetic energy from Earth to the moon by way of oceans and tides. So the earth slows its rotating while the moon increases its orbital velocity, resulting in longer days and an increasing distance to the moon, all of which generally check out and make sense to me.

But classical physics has its problems and I have a hard time trusting academics these days, so I don't mind other theories being proposed. The question then becomes "Is there anything your new idea explains that conventional theories do not?" Also, what are some conditions which, if observed to be true, falsify your theory?

I would have read more about your ideas but your website wanted me to download something to continue reading, which I did not want to do.

Barry Sears's picture

The New Perspective is a current philosophy studying the process of life on Earth with respect to the evolutionary process and life-cycle of the planets. A pattern is recognisable through biogeographical studies that determines the physical uniqueness or unique characteristic of animals on Earth. This pattern is directly correlated to the formation of the Earths structure from head to tail. The pattern explains the regional variations of globally distributed species but is also evident in the animals that lived as recently as 10000 years ago or less - Irish deer, cave bear, saber tooth tiger, cave lion and the wooly rhinoceros ect. The same pattern is also evident through dinosaur records. 

What conditions or changing conditions determine the ability for life on Earth to change in size maintaining distinctive characteristics?. It is measured that the Earth is slowing very fractionally in it's rotation and we know that rotation is relative to the distance from the sun. Ancient fossil coral, records the number of days in a year of which 420 days existed in a year an estimated 420 million years ago. Here are the number of days on each of the following planets. 420 days per year puts Earth at a position further from the sun, roughly a quarter of the distance to Mars.  

Mercury  1       Venus 1        Earth  365      Mars 670       Jupiter 10504      Saturn 25292  

With this changing environmental movement through the Goldilocks zone, time is also altered as a year or revolution becomes a larger value. This life-cycle movement for the planets allows scientific records to be view giving logic to this size variation through all fossil records. For extended articles explaining these newly discovered patterns and planetary movements please visit;-

Tsurugi's picture

"...we know that rotation is relative to the distance from the sun."

Do you mean Earth's rate of rotation correlates to increases and decreases in its distance from the sun? Or that rotation of anything is relative to distance from the sun?

If you meant the latter, that isn't true. Rotation periods are all over the place, there isn't a steady increase in rotation periods as distance to the sun increases.
There is a steady increase in orbital periods as distance from the sun increases, for obvious reasons.

If you meant the former--that Earth's rate of rotation increases and decreases in concert with its distance from the sun, I'd like to see some information on that, if you've got any links.


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